Around the Block: Saturday Stumbles

I’m still giddy with excitement and my brain is buzzing after last weekend’s Savvy Blogging Summit. One of the things I’ve decided to do more consistently with my blog is to participate in Saturday Stumbles at It’s Come 2 This. Visit her site to find some other great bloggers and their recommendations.

What I’ve been reading this week:

Laundry Schmaundry!

If you’re like me, you, too, wrestle with your laundry: finding/making the time to do it, doing it properly, or creating a new routine.

Guess what? One of my new friends, Lauren, has a blog about LAUNDRY! I met Lauren last weekend at the Summit and was really blown away to meet someone who:

  1. loved laundry and 
  2. decided to devote an entire blog to the chore! 

In Lauren, I had met my match-made-in-homekeeping-heaven!

Mama’s Laundry Talk is a super-helpful and practical blog, plus Lauren is a real delight! Go visit Mama’s Laundry Talk for tips, insights, and help on all-things laundry.

A Greasy Way to Save?

Who doesn’t want to save an extra penny or two? How much you spend on hair products? Well, why don’t you consider going shampoo-free? That’s right. Just. stop. shampooing. your. hair.

You’re crazy, you say? Well, check out this essay on the “no-poo ‘do”. The post tells you exactly how to care for your “no-poo ‘do” and cites the myriad benefits of getting the gunk out of your hair. It appeals to me as a busy mom because that’s one less thing I’d have to do in the 10 5 minutes I actually get in the bathroom during the grooming routine.

Let me know what you think and if you’d try it. (If you DO try it, come back here and let us know how it worked.)

Shameless plugs (I am compensated to work on the publicity teams for the following authors and their books. I am also a paid affiliate for Amazon and do receive a small commission on sales based upon my recommendations)

This summer, I’m helping four authors with their social media and blogging efforts. Please check out their blogs, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

Frank Santora has written a book called Turn It Around, which is chock full of encouragement for persons going through tough times (who’s not going through tough times?). I know you’ll find perseverance in the pages of this book as Frank points you to the hope in Christ.

My Grandmother is … praying for me is an awesome new daily devotional written by three grandmothers—Kathy March, Pam Ferriss, and Susan Kelton—for grandmothers. It takes the reader through the book of Proverbs with Scripture, prayers, and activities.

Go check out their blogs, leave a comment, and tell a friend!

What have you read this week that’s insightful, interesting, or surprising?

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Around the Block: Favorite Blog Posts This Week

As I continue with the NaBloPoMo theme of “Now” for the month of June, I thought I’d really get with the ballgame and participate in Saturday Stumbles with Mandi at It’s Come 2 This.

I actually sat beside Mandi on a shuttle bus for a Savvy Blogging Dinner excursion at this year’s Blissdom. She may not remember (it was oh, so brief and in the dark), but I enjoyed our little conversation. 

Anyhoo …

For Saturday Stumbles, I’ll be highlighting for you some of my favorite blog posts that I read this week. I’d encourage you to:

  1. Check them out and leave them a comment.
  2. Go to the Saturday Stumbles list and read some other good posts recommended by those bloggers.
  3. Leave me a comment telling me what you think and/or what you found interesting this week on the web. 

It’s always fun to find new friends and new blogs!

Around the Block This Week

  • My sweet friend and fellow blogger, Rebecca at Toothwhale, wrote this great post about preventing dirt in your home. I find it so simply profound; I just love it! Maybe it’s because I’m such a mediocre rotten housekeeper? Anyway, I love Rebecca’s simple tips for keeping the house tidy when dirty kids are roaming throughout.
  • I love. love. love. this beautiful post from Jennifer at Surprising Joy. A transparent and honest seeker of God, she lays it all out. It inspires me and convicts me at the same time.
  • What a great post about blog content from Social Media Examiner! This is a hugely practical and helpful article, full of great tips for creating GOOD blog posts consistently. I printed this one and stuck it in my “blogging” reference folder. 
  • Rena from is a new The Writer’s Block reader. She left a comment on one of my posts and asked me to visit her site. It’s all about the Enneagram. I’ve just begun studying it, so of course, my interest is piqued! Her site is full of interesting insights about the Enneagram and the personality types. I could get lost reading there for hours. 😉 
What were your favorite posts this week? 

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Around the Block: Blizzard, Blissdom, Blogging, and Boys

Last week, we had several inches of snow. We were out of school and snow-bound for about five days and it felt more like fifteen. I’ve been playing catch up in hyper-speed since Tuesday.


I’m heading to Blissdom tomorrow, and I. Can’t. Wait. I’ll be updating and tweeting from there and expect to come home with heaps of inspiration, motivation, and new ideas. You’ve been warned: lots of excitement ahead.


I’ve written a three-part series (parts one, two, and three) at Faithful Bloggers this week. I’m really enjoying getting started with this new project.


Today, I had conferences with the boys’ preschool teachers.

Spencer’s teacher told me he has affection for a little girl in his class, whom I will call Ariel. Spencer and Ariel sit beside each other at lunch. The teacher said that one day as they were eating, Spencer leaned over to Ariel. He gently placed his hand on her forearm.

He said, “How are you today, my lovely princess?”

In other news, Seth confessed he kissed a little girl in his class during a game of Prince and Princess.

I love my little men.

Around the Block: Pardon My Mess!

As you can see, The Writer’s Block is under construction. With my Christmas money, I bought a new blog design! Some girls dream of shoes and bags or makeup and jewelry. Not me. I fantasize about my blog.

So, anyway, I think it’s still in progress and needs some tweaking here and there. I’ll let you know when it’s all finished and everything is in its right spot.


This week has been heart-wrenching as I’ve continued to keep online vigil for my friend, David Hames. As of tonight, he remains missing in Haiti. Hope remains alive, however, since a man was found alive today–14 days after the earthquake. I am praying constantly for his rescue. I think it would be an incredible testimony to God’s gracious glory if this man is found alive. I pray so, anyway.

Grammar alert: It’s time for my every-so-often grammar correction public service announcement

The word, between, is only used when talking about two entities. The word, among, is used when talking about more than two entities. So, please note:

I must choose between the two books. (Correct)
She shares her books between the four family members. (Incorrect)
She shares her books among the four family members. (Correct)

You’re welcome.


I’m convinced my laundry is procreating behind my back. Mama Sock and Daddy Sock are having Baby Socks, while Mama Sweater and Daddy Sweater are spawning Baby Shirts, Baby Pajamas, and Baby Undies.

I’m preparing for their revolution any day now. If laundry can figure out how to procreate, they can certainly organize themselves into a mutiny.

image: morguefile

Around the Block: News, Happenings, and Cool Websites

One of my favorite new websites is Kitchen Stewardship. Katie’s blog is a refreshing mix of practicality, healthy recipes, whole food tips, and green living—all from a Christian perspective.

She writes, “Kitchen Stewardship is dedicated to balancing God’s gifts of time, health, earth and money.” I’ve already learned so much from Katie, although I’ve only been subscribed for a few weeks.

Make sure you check out her Real Food Face-Off series, where she invites guest bloggers to share their stories of whole food eating. Lots and lots of great information here.

Feeling a little down in the dreariness of winter? I actually am starting to come out of my seasonal funk with the newness of the year and the ever-so-slight lengthening of days. But we still have a long way to go until the warmth of late April.

I heard an interview last week with the author of this article from New York magazine. It’s 50 Simple Steps to Happiness. Many of them are New York-centric, but some of the broadly appealing ones include making your bed everyday (FlyLady has known this for years!) and painting your walls yellow. I love the practicality of these and surrounding yourself with the scent of cucumber!


I’ll be attending my first-ever blogging conference in a few short weeks. Blissdom will be held at Opryland here in Nashville.

Blissdom Conference ~ Nashville ~ February 4-6 2010

The speakers and workshops are to be amazing PLUS Harry Connick, Jr. (Harry! Connick! Jr.!, people) is slated to be a special guest. I think until my husband heard of the special guest, he thought I was going to something like a glorified moms’ night out. But with Harry on the agenda? “Oh! That’s a big deal! Like A-level big time!” Uh-huh, baby.

I expect to learn a lot, meet some fabulous women bloggers/writers/communicators, and be inspired beyond belief. I’m especially excited about two small group opportunities: a dinner/discussion with the Savvy Blogging gals and a dinner with the Faithful Blogger gals.

I'm Going to Savvy Blogging

And the best part? In an unexpected last-minute decision, Rebecca @ Toothwhale and I got a room at the Opryland Hotel for one night. Yay! A night in a hotel. I barely remember what that is like.

If you are going to Blissdom and you and I don’t know each other in real life, please leave me a note in the comments. I’m trying to create a master list of all the people I want to meet there.